Fall 2015

Previous semester videoconference recordings are available free of charge.
Fall 2015 Recordings Library

September 2015 – Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Application Workshop
Recreation Resources Service (RRS) conducts a free workshop for local governments to explain the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) application process and requirements. The PARTF application teleconference workshop is a must for all those applying for a PARTF grant.  Contact your RRS Regional Consultant for more information or to discuss your project. For more information about the PARTF grant visit our PARTF web page.

October 2015 – Unique Facilities

Takeaways

  • Discover unique facilities designed to cater to trending park programs, user experiences, activities and events in local parks.
  • Understand the management implications and maintenance requirements of these facilities.
  • Lean how to budget for the planning, design and construction of unique facilities that meet the specific needs of your community residents.

Speakers:

  • Troy Fitzsimmons – Director, Cornelius, NC Parks and Recreation and Cultural Resources Department
  • Speaker Panel – City of Raleigh Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture

Four Pathways for Public Participation in Park Planning
Unique Facilities Town of Cornelius

 

November – 2015 ADA Guidance and Information for Park Planning
It is vital to develop new parks and have a plan to bring existing parks in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but keeping up with current ADA and ABA standards can be a challenge. Recreation Resources Service has invited representatives from the United States Access Board and North Carolina Department of Insurance to share their expertise on accessible design, accessibility guidelines, requirements and standards.

Topics:

  • Provisions for outdoor developed areas including trails, beach access, picnic and camping areas
  • Implications of the 2013 Guidelines for Outdoor Areas
  • North Carolina requirements for trails and greenways.
  • When to provide accessible route to the sport activity making the sport activity accessible
  • Overview of ANSI Ch. 11 provisions for recreational areas with NC changes, including next potential NC code change

Speakers:

  • Bill Botten  – Accessibility Specialist, United States Access Board
  • Laurel Wright – Chief Accessibility Code Consultant, NC Department of Insurance

NC Requirements for Recreational Facilities
US Access Board Federal Requirements for Park Facilities

December – 2015 Youth Sports Topics

Takeaways

  • Understand the nature of potential conflicts and how to prevent and intervene
  • Learn how to better manage and create tournament schedules
  • Become introduced to trending, unique sports programs and the tools and resources needed to provide them

Speakers:

  • David Guthrie – Youth Sports Director – Semper Fit Department, MCCS
  • Jennifer Bennett – Outdoor Recreation Manager, Jackson County Parks and Recreation
  • Gary Leonhardt – Director, Morganton Parks and Recreation

Unique Programming
Conflict Crisis Management
Morganton Field Request Form

Spring 2016 Topics

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January 2016 – Park Maintenance

Takeaways

  • Understand how to identify and develop chemical control strategies for weeds and pests that are environmentally safe and responsible.
  • Learn how to motivate maintenance staff to improve their supervisory and leadership skills to better care for park facilities
  • Define the relationships between manager, supervisor, leader and management supervision and leadership
  • Become acquainted with urban forestry planning/maintenance including planting, mulching, pest and weed control and proper planting locations.

Speakers:

  • Matt Stevens – NC State Agricultural Extension Agent – Nash County
  • Ken Hisler – Recreation Superintendent – City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
  • Sally Thigpen – Assistant Recreation Superintendent – City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

Handouts:

Leadership & Supervision
Urban Forestry Planning and Maintenance
Identification and Control of Weeds and Insects in Public Spaces

February 2016 – Volunteerism

Takeaways

  • Philosophies on volunteerism
  • Strategies that excite people to become and stay on board as volunteers
  • How volunteers become advocates and champions for organizational goals
  • Volunteer Impact
  • Communicating with, scheduling and leading volunteers

Speakers:

  • Brad Allen, President and Executive Director – North Carolina Senior Games
  • Lynn Harrell, Associate Director – North Carolina Senior Games
  • Harriett Edwards, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist for Volunteerism in the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences at North Carolina State University

Example Documents, Presentation Slides and Handouts

March 3 – Summer Camp
April 6 – Partnerships and Collaboration
May 4 – Accessible/Inclusive Parks: Part One; Part Two